Events/Classes

Upcoming events & classes in 2017 with Michael Joshin Thiele

The Art and Craft of Biodynamic Apiculture.
January 15, 2017
Healdsburg SHED, CA
The biodynamic approach to honeybees is centered around the essentials of nest integrity, the understanding of the hive as a singular, sentient being, and the coherence of inner and outer habitats.  In this workshop we will study the unique matrix of the life of honeybees and examine how a biodynamic approach can integrate core life principles into our relationship with honeybees and into our apiaries.  Michael will introduce new innovative ways within the biodynamic field such as ‘Apis Arboreal’, the vision of a ‘Landscape Apiarium’, and non-allopathic approaches to health.  We also will look both at their life gesture and emotional well being as well as the natural formation of their embodiment.

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‘Slow Bee’: A Fundamental Shift Towards the Wholeness of Bees
Green Gulch Farm, CA
February 4, 2017; 9am – 4pm
“Slow Bee” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and create a new paradigm of apiculture. We will study the unique matrix of the life of honeybees and their intricate inner organization, and look at strategies of integrating core life principles into our own apiaries.  This workshop will offer a biodynamic vantage point and a bee-centric  approach.  Participants will be able to integrate new information and insights into the upcoming 2017 bee season. Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.
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Biodynamic Apiculture
Bouverie Preserve
Glen Ellen, CA
March 3, 2017; 7-8:30 pm

Bee-Centric Apiculture
Portland Urban Beekeepers Association
March 18, 2017
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Biodynamic Apiculture
‘Healing the planet through apiculture’
Green Gulch Farm, CA
April 22, 2017; 9am – 4pm
The rising annual mortality rate of honeybees, currently close to 50 percent, demonstrates the urgent need to shift towards wholeness in beekeeping. As wild honeybees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship. This workshop will explore the bio-dynamics of the nature of honeybees, introduce bee- centric models of bee conservation and will provide a framework for rewilding beekeeping. Michael will illustrate this approach with examples from current bee restoration and rewilding projects and provide resources to integrate bee-centric strategies into ‘backyard apiaries’. Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.
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Sun Hive workshop
April 29 & 30, 2017
Location: HomeFarm, near Healdsburg, CA
Through its unique design the Sun Hive reveals the deeper nature of the bees through its shape and form.  It allows the bees to grow naturally according to their own needs and within an environment which combines baskets and movable frames. During the weekend we will weave several Sun Hives, learn about the entire process of making them, from harvesting and processing rye to wooden hardware and traditional weaving tools. Other topics will cover the basics of Sun Hive management, biodynamic apiculture, and an exploration of the deeper nature of Honeybees. Info and registration here

The Open Whole
Honeybees: Compass point, enigma and soul plasma.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
12:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Gaia Bees Apiarium
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The Mystery of Honeybees
Flagstaff, AZ
May 19, 2017

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Deepening our connection to Bees
Flagstaff, AZ
May 20, 2017

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Open Apiary/House at Gaia Bees
Sunday, July 23, 2017
12-4pm
more info coming soon

Apis Arborea – The Ancient Craft of Tree-Apiculture
Green Gulch Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, CA
October 21, 2017; 9am – 4pm
“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.  We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. Rewilding habitat and nest restoration for honeybees is becoming increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship. During the workshop, we will build ‘honey bee nest sites’ in logs and within a living tree, using traditional and contemporary tools. Wear layers. We will be outside for most of the day.
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